It’s British Flowers Week (14th – 20th June) and in association with the British Hat Guild and New Covent Garden Market, we’ve created a floral headpiece made entirely out of British blooms.

We teamed up with Emma of Wild Alice Floral Designs, who is a florist and grower, based in Walton upon Thames. All the flowers were picked in the morning from Emma’s farm, along with a few feathers from her pet Rheas (like a small ostrich).

Photo of British Flower week hat

What is British Flowers Week?

British Flower Week is a founded by New Covent Garden Market and is an annual, national celebration of the wealth and variety of British cut flowers, plants and foilage

Emma of Wild Alice Floral designs, says she favours British flowers for their weird and wonderful shapes and non commercial colours.

I feel like I learnt so much more of native flowers that sometimes get overlooked for their more exotic counterparts.

Making the flower headpiece…

To make the hat we started with a wire headband and millinery wire sphere, covered in chicken wire (super glam), then slowly and carefully added pre-wired leaves and flowers. It was lots of layering, careful not to damage the petals and then off to hang out in the fridge until we were ready to photograph! I’ve learnt a few floristry skills to use in the future.

Flower list:

  • Peonies
  • Cornflower
  • Nigella
  • Phlox
  • Ranunculus
  • Sweet Rocket
  • Elderflower
  • Cosmos
  • Stocks
  • Salvia
  • Sweet William
  • Poppies
  • Dahlia
  • Gypsophilia
  • Phalaris grasses
  • Poppy seed pods
  • Cardoon leaves
  • Acer
  • Rhea feathers

Florist: Wild Alice Floral Designs

Photography: Emily Mudie

Model: Lara Lemons

Dress: Paradise Boutique